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Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success

Oct. 18, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below...

Japan's premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Oct. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister donated ritual offerings Sunday to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression, though he did not make a visit in person. Fumio Kishida donated “masakaki” religious ornaments to...

Japan PM dissolves lower house for Oct. 31 national election

Oct. 14, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for elections that will be the country's first of the pandemic. At stake in the Oct. 31 polls will be how Japan faces a potential coronavirus...

Kishida vows to lead with 'trust and empathy' to fix Japan

Oct. 08, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In his first policy speech, new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised Friday to strengthen the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic in case of another resurgence and revive its battered economy while bolstering defenses against threats from China and North...

Japan's Kishida, Biden agree to cooperate on China, N Korea

Oct. 05, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held his first talks since taking office with President Joe Biden and confirmed they will work to strengthen their alliance and cooperate in regional security in the face of growing challenges from China and North Korea. ...

Japan new PM to seek fresh mandate to handle virus, economy

Oct. 04, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he will dissolve the lower house next week in preparation for Oct. 31 elections as he seeks a fresh mandate to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the sagging economy and security threats from China and North Korea. ...

Japan’s parliament elects former diplomat Fumio Kishida as the new prime minister, replacing Yoshihide Suga

Oct. 04, 2021 01:04 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament elects former diplomat Fumio Kishida as the new prime minister, replacing Yoshihide Suga.

Trains packed with commuters as Japan fully ends emergency

Oct. 01, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months as the country starts to gradually ease virus measures to help rejuvenate the pandemic-hit economy as the infections slowed. At Tokyo’s busy Shinagawa...

2 women in Japan party leadership race get mixed reactions

Sep. 30, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The inclusion of two women in Japan's leadership race — the first time in 13 years there hasn't only been men — surprised many, prompting some hope of progress for a ruling party long seen as sexist and out of touch. But their sound defeat? That was no...

Japan's next leader sets sights on wage hikes to fuel growth

Sep. 30, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — Fumio Kishida, the man soon to become Japan’s prime minister, says he believes raising incomes is the only way to get the world’s third-largest economy growing again. Kishida says he wants to promote a “new capitalism” that would be more...